Ephesians 4:14-16 (NIV)

14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming.  15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. 16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.   

2 Corinthians 3:18 (NIV)

18 And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.   

DEVOTION -Pamela Crowe (Delaware)

The oceans offer up objects of astounding beauty – sea-shells and sea glass cast up on beaches – free for the taking.  With sea glass, the sea is the sculptor.  A bottle breaks, and the pieces are cast into the sea.  Waves and tides tumble the shards; their sharp, rough edges are smoothed.  At the same time, seawater reacts chemically with the glass, pitting and frosting the surface.  The sea transforms the broken, discarded glass into colorful gems.

When I behold a piece of pure sea glass, I am reminded of God’s ability to transform our souls.  When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, God accepts our broken selves and begins to work in us.  As we seek God’s help and obey God’s word, our rough edges, our sinful natures, are worn away.  We become more like God, transformed into pure and perfect souls pleasing to God.  Christians who are maturing reflect the beauty of the Holy Spirit at work in them.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: As God transforms us into mature Christians, broken becomes beautiful.

PRAYER: Dear Lord, we want to grow close to you.  Help us to obey your word always.  Amen.